Back in the 50’s and 60’s, you could just leave your house open and any real estate agent could come in and show the home at any time. There were almost no security issues. Now, because of safety problems, we have the handy, dandy lock box. Lock Box History Attached to a door handle, gate, water or gas meter, lock boxes hold keys to a house for sale. They were invented in the 70’s, and opened by a key that your REALTOR possessed. In the 90’s, the electronic lock box replaced the older key model. The electronic type is what most realtor professionals use today to make sure your home remains safe while it’s for sale, but they still have the tradition combo boxes available.
In 2008, the electronic lock box took another big step forward in technology, and can:
Alert as many as five emergency contacts when its panic button is activated.
Tell the seller’s REALTOR when a house has been shown.
Provide the buyer’s agent with extra information about the home, including instructions from the homeowner, such as “Don’t let the dog inside.”
Why You Should Use a Lock Box
Homes for sale that use a lock box are shown more often because it’s easier for REALTORS to have access when the owners are at work. There are different fees charged for the use of a lock box, but the price usual sits around $100 plus tax. When you hire a property professional, you’ll get the use of the lock box for free as part of his or her service. When to Use a Lock Box
You may want to have your real agent put your lock box on a schedule instead of making the house available around the clock. This will allow you to control the use of the house, and ensure that no one uses it during off hours.All in all, the use of a lock box by your real estate agent is a great idea. It’s safe and convenient, not only for you but also for REALTORS and potential buyers.
Andrea Trimble, with Trimble Estates and Fine Homes, specializes in residential real estate home sales in the Dallas area. She was recognized by 32Best as one of the top 32 real estate agents in Dallas. Andrea is focused on providing her clients with the utmost service and client satisfaction. To contact Andrea for a real estate consultation, e-mail her at:[email protected] or visit her website: www.TrimbleEstates.comOffice: (817) 789-5591 Address: 3131 Turtle Creek Blvd Suite 1015, Dallas, TX 75219
Author:Andrea Trimble Phone: 817-789-5591 Dated: November 12th 2013 Views: 3,191 About Andrea: Andrea Trimble is a recognized real estate advisor in the Dallas/ Fort Worth Metroplex market. With ...
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